8. In 2016, Brooklyn-based artist Gera Lozano unveiled a 200-foot long mural on the exterior of Essex Street Market

Photo courtesy Essex Street Market

Drawing from the market’s history, artist Gera Lozano painted the entire length of the Essex Street Market over the course of several days, transforming the brick exterior into a multicolored canvas of fruits and vegetables. Lozano says of her goal, “Merging both old and new worlds into a fresh palette that vibrates with the richness of its past and popular reputation today.”

She also painted five murals inside the market, including geometric representations of bread, cheese, and the market’s other food offerings (like the iconic pineapple). Her work at 120 Essex Street is the longest continuous mural in lower Manhattan.